Partnerships: mobilizing for action

Partnerships for sustainable development – voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiatives aimed at implementing sustainable development – were an important outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and an important complement to governmental action.

Partnerships enable all stakeholders to make concrete contributions to the implementation of sustainable development goals and commitments outlined in international agreements. They can improve the quality of implementation by involving those relevant stakeholders whose activities have direct impact on sustainable development. The need to actively engage these actors in implementation has become more pressing in view of changes brought about by globalization, making partnerships an effective vehicle for promoting sustainable development in a globalizing world.